Autumn at Aichien.

It’s Autumn in Nagoya and I’ve really been enjoying the cool weather, lack of mosquitos and beautiful leaves here at Aichien.  It only seems fair that I share some photos.  Most of these are from around the yard at Aichien.  A couple of photos are from trees that I cleaned up to photograph in the workshop.  Enjoy!


Small Japanese Elm. This was one of the first trees to change color. I was happy to see it so I cleaned it up and took a nice photo.


Flowering quince in an old Japanese pot. This pot is just under 100 years old. Not technically antique just yet, but it’s getting there.


Huge Japanese maple


Mixed bench. Trident maples and Japanese maples. Good variety of color.


View from the Shohin area




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Not a lot of photos, but you get the idea.  It’s good to be here.  This time last year I was in the DC area and regularly volunteering at the National Bonsai & Penjing museum.  The trees there put on a beautiful autumn show as well.  The museums curator Jack Sustic, assistant Curator Aarin Packard and the museums devoted volunteers do a great job setting up a display in the special exhibits wing of the museum.  You can check out some photos of this year’s exhibit on Aarin Packard’s blog. Capital Bonsai

Screen shot from Capital Bonsai.

Screen shot from Capital Bonsai.

On another note, I’m happy to announce that Aichien and I have recently been featured in “Clippings”, the online magazine of the Potomac Bonsai Association.  Sean Coleman is the newest editor for the magazine and he is doing a great job. Moving forward I will be a regular contributing author for Clippings.  You can view the magazine in PDF format here.

Mr. Tanaka and I featured in Clippings.

Mr. Tanaka & I featured in Clippings.

Just to throw one more link on the pile I’ll push the photo blog as usual.  Tree The People is on Instagram.  It’s a great way for me to share photos of my daily work and things I happen to see around Japan.  Find it by searching @treethepeople or visit

Screen shot from the Tree The People Instagram page.

Screen shot from the Tree The People Instagram page.

Thanks for reading.  More to come!